11 June 2017

Next Chapter


Happy Sunday! 

I apologize for my lack of posts lately. And I'm about to tell you why...

First, this is my busiest time at work. I am a social media manager and receptionist for a very large commercial general contracting firm. So Spring is when we are getting most of our jobs for the year lined up so I'm answering tons of calls, running things back and forth from the bid room to the VP's office, and just keeping the copious amounts of coffee going. Those days mean I tell everyone they're on their own for supper and plop on the couch with a heating pad for my back and ice bucket for my ankle. On top of that I handle all of the creative content for our social media platforms and blog and handle customer service on those platforms. During the Winter I am constantly trying to figure out what to post because some of our projects stop for the weather, but during the Spring, Lordy Day. I'm overwhelmed with things to post, which honestly makes my job easier. 

Second, my two oldest children have been at crossroads in their lives. My oldest was trying to decide whether or not to re-enlist in the Army. He wanted to re-enlist but he didn't want to if he was going to be sent to Syria to die. You see he is just like his grandfather and is a sharp shooter and leader in his unit. He's made it from the lowest rank of Private in Infantry to going to Sargent's course in 4 years. This normally takes 7 years! I'm so proud of him. He told the Army that if they wanted to keep him they would have to take him out of his unit and put him in one that would guarantee that he would not be going to Syria. He's been to Africa and Iraq and actually loves being deployed so if they want to send him somewhere that he can advance easily, not be stuck behind a desk, and get a bonus he will sign back up. They made the deal and he will be in for the next 3 years. It's a scary time to have a child in the military, but I know the Lord made him for this and we just have to pray that he is kept safe. We'll find out in January where he will be sent next. Fingers crossed for Fort Benning, which is only 1.5 hours from us!

My middle one that lives in CA is thinking of coming back home, well, at least to her home state if not to our house. She hasn't completely made up her mind but she's leaning towards it. You see, Georgia is now the #1 state for filming in the US! Can you believe that? So, if it would be easier for her to come back with her family and friends plus find more jobs then why not? (She's a make-up artist.) So she's going to decide in the next few months. Goodness gracious. I just realized how pack her closet is with junk. I'll need to clean that out if she decides to move back. It would make us so happy to have her back!

The baby. He has graduated! I honestly wasn't sure if he was going to ever pass that pesky Algebra 2! Lord have mercy! It was stressing us all out. I think his Papa was the most concerned. He literally called or texted me weekly the last 2 months before graduation. You can see pictures of it on my Instagram. Bry is such a sweet boy and it broke my heart to see him so upset and worried. He's still working at Chick-fil-A for now. I get asked what he's going to do about college and I'm not pushing him right now. I probably will next month make him decide if he wants to go to tech school, coding school, or whatever. So, I'll let you know when he decides anything.

Husband is busy working hard and doing a sort of decent job as a Househusband. He doesn't cook or fold laundry but he can cart Bry around and handle things like the cable going out. 

I'll post again later in the week but as of now I will close. Just know that if I am absent for any reason I think of y'all and pray for y'all. Don't forget you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr.

xoxo
Farrah

23 May 2017

Friends Across The Pond


I cannot imagine how the people of Manchester feel right now and hope that I never have to find out. Interestingly, I had planned on writing this week about my weekend with British television before this tragic event even took place. Every single one of the families involved with the massacre is in my prayers. Ever since I was young I have felt a kindred with the UK, with good reason as both side of my families came from the British Isles (Cornwall and Scotland). It may be kind of silly now to talk about but as the Brits said in the War, Keep Calm and Carry On.



My local PBS station has been airing the 1980's version of Miss Marple, the sweet octogenarian "friend" of the police. I. Am. Obsessed. The clothing, the English countryside, the lack of violence shown for a murder mystery, and honestly, the way it makes me think about things to put together the crime. If you haven't seen it, I cannot recommend it more and you'll find them on YouTube or your local PBS station (if you are in Atlanta area, it is on GPB).

While watching last weekend's episode, my friend C sent me a picture of a Fair Isle sweater that she knew I'd like just as much as she that was worn on the episode. By morning she had found the same sweater for sale 30 years after the airing! If you like English country clothing, Cording's looks beautiful!
Of course you know I HAD to mention Prince George and Princess Charlotte in a UK post. They looked absolutely precious at their Aunt Pippa and Uncle James' wedding. I really didn't care for Duchess Catharine's dress, but that's just me. The children in their Pepa & Co. ensembles were perfection. I wish the newlyweds a long and happy marriage.

Once again, I give my sincerest condolences to the people of Manchester. 

18 May 2017

May's Simple Woman's Daybook


For Today
May 18, 2017

Outside my window... It's is warm and humid. We are in the 90's with heat index even higher. We are cooling down to the 80's next week!! Hopefully we can open the windows once again!

I am thinking about... how my son today. He has to make a big decision, which will affect the rest of his life. (Intrigued yet? ;) 

I am thankful... for so much...it's difficult to narrow it down to one thing. Today is my youngest son's last day at high school FOREVER! I'll go into detail sometime about his school years but if you've followed me for awhile you'll remember that we have done public, private, and even homeschooling. Next week Will graduates high school!! For that I am so thankful.

I am wearing... Ralph Lauren polo shirt (similar), skirt, flip flops (normally I wear flats but my ankle is hurting and in a brace), necklace 

I am going... nowhere as I just got home from work then dropping my son off at work.

I am hoping... to start swimming again soon. I'm waiting for the pool to open. It is usually open by now and I'm slightly frustrated.

In the kitchen... breakfast was breakfast burrito, lunch was chopped salad from Shane's Rib Shack (lunch was catered!), dinner was salmon and veggies for Bryan and leftover BBQ chicken for me. (No carbs after lunch minus a bit of sweet tea.)

I am reading... Women Who Work and The Magnolia Journal.  

Favorite Quote... 

A peek into my day... my Lilly Pulitzer S'well bottle has been a constant when outside the last week. 

07 May 2017

Mother's Day Present Ideas


For the first time in years of blogging my mother contributed to a post! I am going to share what she told me first and then I'll post the ideas:

- What a mom really wants for Mother's Day is for all her family to be together and that is especially true for me since we all live so far apart and my 97 year old mom is still alive and well. I need to spend each one with her as I don't know how many more I will have with her, although she told me last week she may make it to 100.
- A mom always wants to love and be loved and let her husband, children, and grandchildren know it.
- A mom also wants all of her family to go to church with her on Mother's Day.
- A mom never wants to cook on Mother's Day so being taken out for a Mother's Day brunch is a good one.
- I love to shop for myself so I love gift cards to my favorite places such as Dillard's, Macy's, or Chico's.
- I love to travel so a gift card for a hotel is one I love.
- I love Coach purses and would enjoy a gift card from there.
- I love Tea Rose or Beautiful perfumes.
- I think what's important for most mom's is not the gifts but the feeling that her children have grown up to be wonderful, loving, caring adults who are happy with their life and themselves. That they have a wonderful relationship with Christ their Savior. (I couldn't agree more!)

For my favorites:
Mom and Dad got me a necklace from KJP for my birthday last November so when I saw they have a Mother's Day monogrammed necklaces I was so excited! If you order today there's free shipping! Hurry!
A Chef's Life is seriously one of my favorite shows, cooking or otherwise. Vivian Howard is the chef on the show and the author of the large Deep Run Roots autobiography/cookbook.

Do you know how the Parisians have a signature scent? Bronze Goddess is mine. I realize this is typically a summer scent but why not smell like Coppertone year round?
I love pajamas to lay around in when I get home from work. These from Brooks Brothers are perfect for warm summer nights.
You knew Lilly had to be on my list. Ophelia is one of my favorite styles and it's perfect for air conditioned offices.

I love tech clutch's. This one from Mark & Graham looks perfect! The ones I have are Lilly, and though adorable, this is more professional.

There is much more I could add but this is getting quite long already. If you are a daughter or son, do your best to make her day special. Look on Instagram this week for photos of my children and I as well as Mom and I.

26 April 2017

summer styles for my hipster and prep boys


How handsome are these fellas? This post is all about my two sons. Last week Bonobos contacted me about doing a post and knowing that my boys' styles are SO Bonobos that I thought I could do an update on their lives as well as pick out some styles that are perfect for my hipster (oldest) and my prep (youngest).

For his 9-5, or 9 months, Nicholas wears fatigues as an Army Corporal and Expert Infantryman. He will be training all summer so we will not see much of him but he is based just a few hours away so he can pop home for a long weekend when he has time. Since he was about 16 he's been a hipster in his private life. His jeans were so tight that we are still slightly concerned we may not have grandchildren. ;) This summer clothing will be perfect for his off-time.
As he's aged, his jeans are a tad less tight and he will wear more Ralph Lauren (he was raised by me after all).  As you can see, he loves him some short sleeve button-ups with jeans. Bonobos has a summer weight jean, which is perfect for when he comes to Atlanta. I think Nicholas will buy everything on the list I made for him.


This young man has a big month next month. He graduates from high school! After online schooling causing him to get behind we are all set to be finished with high school. I'm not sure what is next for him but we'll figure it out. Bryson was always my nerdy super casual dresser until recently. He almost refused to wear a polo because he had to wear them as part of his school uniform in elementary and middle school.
That is until on 90's Day for Spirit week at school. I was thinking of how the guys dressed when I was in high school and that was either a LL Cool J big pant thing or Zach Morris on Saved By The Bell *swoon* with his jeans, t-shirts topped with OCBD's. So I laid that out for him and honestly that's become his style. He wears either plain shirts with different type of OCBD's with jeans or khaki's but sometimes he pulls out his nerdy gaming shirts that he tops with OCBD. He's becoming my prep...almost! Check out Bry's perfect Bonobos outfits here.

Let me know what you purchase from Bonobos!

14 April 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today
April 14, 2017

Outside my window... It's a perfect spring day-sunny and mid-80's with tons of pollen, which is driving my allergies crazy.

I am thinking about... how blessed we are this Easter weekend. If you believe the bible, which I do, then you believe Jesus died on the cross today to be risen on Sunday.  

I am thankful... that my son is home safely from Iraq and has been visiting us off and on. I'm so proud of him and though I still worry, it's not as much as it was when he was deployed.

I am wearing... dress, cardigan (similar), shoes (to/from work), work shoes, necklace (similar), watch, bracelet, lipstick, nail polish, perfume, (will climb into these when I get home!)

I am going... home early! Woohoo!

I am hoping... to lose some of the weight I gained over the winter.

In the kitchen... breakfast was breakfast burrito, lunch was peanut butter crackers since I'm leaving early, and dinner will be baked beans, coleslaw, and cornbread.

I am reading... Miss Buncle's Book (per Anna's recommendation), She Reads Truth, and the latest issue of Garden & Gun magazine.

Favorite Quote... "A capacity and taste for reading gives access to what has already been discovered by others." ~Abraham Lincoln, whom was shot 151 years ago today

A peek into my day... my youngest son, husband, and oldest son

19 March 2017

Hey There!

Surprise! I'm sure you're surprised to see this pop up on your bloglovin' feed or Facebook. I had some time today so I turned on Perry, grabbed a sweet tea, and opened my laptop. I just love Perry; he relaxes me. Are your windows open? We've been able to have ours open much of the winter. I think we turned the heater on about 8-10 times all "winter" long! We just add an extra blanket and socks at night but we've still been keeping our windows cracked open as we've found we sleep so much better with chilly air in our bedrooms.

Guess who was in town for the last month? My oldest son! He arrived back from Iraq at the end of January but wasn't able to come home until 3/9 (right before his birthday). Side note: I have an uncle on my dad's side that only came home twice a year from D.C. where he worked as press secretary for a senator. The joke was that he only came home to Kentucky when he would get gifts, his birthday in August and Christmas. Anyhoo, when we found out that Nicholas was coming home we were happy but when we found out he'd be home for a whole month we were ecstatic! He left Friday. Typically on his visits he spends most time with friends but it was the reverse this trip. He spent every weekday/night with us and weekends with friends. So we had lots of time with him. Saturday's are now errand day and Sunday's are church and preparing for the week.

We've also had a lot of sickness going around. Stomach bugs, colds that last 10 days, sciatic nerve irritated, and now pollen causing headaches, coughs, itchy and watery eyes are the symptoms causing annoyance. Oh Georgia.

Does anyone know of a Blogger app that actually works? I'm having issues with the one I've been able to find. I'm having to go back and forth from my iPad to computer for awhile, and since I rarely have usage or the want of using it after a long day of work, I'd rather do it all on my iPad and keyboard. I signed a contract that I would not do anything personal on our company's computers and I do not take a lunch so that I can leave an hour early.

Can I admit that I have not been as focused on The Lord this Lent? I do not think giving up my personal Facebook is an effective thing to use as I still go on all social media for work. I also gave up solitaire on my iPad at night. I am not getting up early enough to do my Bible study at home (I snooze through the 15 minute alarm I set for it-sadly) so I'm doing it as I get to the office so though I pray it's not like it was when I worked from home. I just ready Anna's Lent post on giving up nearly all internet. That's impossible with my job but I'm envious of that ability. I've decided to rededicate myself with the days I have left to zero internet/social media/iPad/iPhone use outside of texting at night. Not even reading on my iPad. I have stacks of magazines and books that I've been putting off reading. What are you doing for Lent?

Please send me all of your Instant Pot recipes! I have had one since last summer and have not used it once. Oops! I have woefully been neglecting a lot of cooking. I mean I still cook but it's more convenience meals than I'd like to admit. Getting up earlier to get my slow cooker set is not happening-we've discussed that already.

I hope to get back to here soon but if you don't hear from me then go to Southern WASP's Facebook page and see what I've been up to. I am on Tumblr more frequently as that app actually works.

18 January 2017

Daybook

For Today
January 18. 2017

Outside my window... It is dark and cloudy outside of the high rise. It looks like we may get some storms but the weather app disagrees. It's 61 with a high of 67 expected. Yesterday we were 1* from breaking a record at 74!  

I am thinking about... how fast time goes by. I honestly had no idea that I have not posted one of these Daybook's since September. I love these! I had the stomach flu which really knocked me down.  

I am thankful... for my job. I was just telling my cousin this morning that I am so grateful for being in the right industry (marketing) and have insurance. 

I am wearing... dress (maroon), cardigan (navy), necklace, bracelet, watch (similar), Alice band, ballet flats (navy)

I am going... to take Bry to work, dry cleaner, and then home (after I finish working). 

I am hoping... to actually fulfill my word of the year and find balance.

In the kitchen... breakfast was cantaloupe, lunch will be leftover pasta with sausage and alfredo and garlic toast, I do not know what dinner will be yet. 

I am reading... Vogue magazine, Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard, and Suck Your Stomach In by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Favorite Quote... Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." - George Washington

A peek into my day... when my Father-in-Law passed away, we visited with my family in Indiana. In this photo L-R ( Michaeala, Rea (niece), Bryson, Chad (nephew)

02 January 2017

Thoughts for 2017


Ring out wild bells to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,...
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
~Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892), In Memoriam A.H.H., 1833.

If you're on social media, I am sure you've seen many of your "friends" talk about how awful 2016 was and that they're glad it is over. Part of me can understand their thinking because when one has a bad year the new year is oftentimes a new start and you have hope that it will be better than the last. I, for one, had a great 2016! I hope (but never expect) that The Lord makes this year good as well.

My word for last year was Hustle and hustle I did. I got a new job, continued to educate myself in my field (digital media), and have kept on top of my senior. However, I hustled only and so this year I need time management. I need Balance. I will continue to hustle at work but I need to find balance in the rest of my life. For the first 4-5 months of my new job I came home from work, made dinner, and did absolutely nothing else. My body is now acclimated to working so I need to do better about our dinners, blogging, swimming, running our house, and still staying on top of my senior. That's my goal for today-make a plan in order to get this balance.

What are your goals for this year? Also, besides soup, how do you use your Instant Pot?



24 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

 Do you recall my last post? We came home from my Father-in-law's memorial and then a few days later my youngest son and husband came down with the stomach flu. They have been super sick for about 4 days. I have been working full time, Christmas shopping, cooking, taking care of them, and so much more. Normally we would be in Kentucky this weekend but with the guys possibly being contagious, it's not fair to infect others so we are home this year.
 Tonight we are going to watch movies and eat (if they can) appetizers just as we did when I was growing up. Unfortunately all but 1 of my son's presents is up north. So, it won't be that great of a Christmas for him tomorrow, he will feel downright spoiled in a few days. Christmas is not about presents anyhow. It is about the birth of our Lord and Savior. Normally we listen to my Uncle Larry read the Christmas Story (you know, the one Linus recites) so we will do it here.
Here are a few of my past Christmas posts that I hope you will enjoy. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! See you in a few days. 2015 2015 2014 2013 2012


09 December 2016

What Have I Been Up To?


It has been a few weeks since I last posted. Let me explain why. First of all, work. I do not know how bloggers full time and blog every day. I'm woefully behind on my Christmas shopping and need to find some time this weekend to catch up!

The main reason I have been away is my sweet father-in-law. He has been in and out of the hospital (which we traveled to Ohio during Thanksgiving week to be with him). While we were in Ohio, there was some drama with some family members. He didn't want to live that way and last weekend he got his wish and passed away. There's been sadness and anger yet happiness talking about how wonderful he was as a father and grandfather. A good man went to be with his wife and so we cannot be too sad, can we? 
Check my Facebook and Tumblr pages for sales, gift ideas, and future posts!


14 November 2016


I posted a few links and codes for sales on my Facebook today. Go look and see who's having a sale. Most end TODAY so hurry on over!

I updated my Tumblr and Pinterest over the weekend as well.

06 November 2016

Roasted Chicken Recipes


I am a HUGE fan of Costco's Roasted Chicken. It is around $5 and will last a few dinners if used properly. Add some vegetables and a grain (sometimes included) and you're set! My friend Rachel texted me a few weeks ago asking for some ideas of what to do with leftover roast chicken and I rattled off some ideas, which led to this post. First of all, shred the entire thing while it is still warm. Use quality ingredients. I purchase organic Cream of Chicken soup but you can make your own.

Waldorf Chicken Salad- Serving ideas: inside of a pita; on top of a salad; wrapped in romaine leaf.

Curry Chicken salad

Honey Chicken Salad- Serve on croissants. This includes how I cook chicken breasts in my slow cooker so I have shredded chicken on hand.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie or this one Serve with a salad.

White Chili-  serve with cornbread and avocado.

Chicken 'n Chips Casserole (I replace the chilies with salsa)- again, all that is needed is a salad but I think it's tasty with green beans.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti- tomatoes, okra, green beans, or broccoli go great with this.

BBQ Chicken Pizza- I am lazy and either buy a pre-made crust or the ball of dough from Trader Joe's. This recipe includes the dough however if you feel inclined.

Burrito Bowls- Similar to Chipotle

Mom's Chicken Pockets
4 oz. softened cream cheese
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 C. cooked diced chicken
.25 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. chopped onion (I use minced dried onion)
1 can crescent rolls (use Trader Joe's if possible for non-hydrogenated oils)
3/4 C crushed cheese croutons
1/2 stick melted butter

Preheat oven to 350. In small bowl, blend cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. melted butter until smooth with mixer. Add chicken, salt, pepper, milk, and onions, mixing well. Separate crescent roll dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Spoon 1/2 cup of chicken mixture into center. Pull 4 corners together; twist and seal edges. Brush top, bottom and sides of pockets with melted butter. Springkle with crushed croutons on top. Bake 25 minutes.

There's so much more that you can make with roasted chicken. What is your favorite recipe?

02 November 2016

Welcome November

 
My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted grey
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise. 

Where is the time going? I did not intend to take a break from blogging since September. It just happened. My husband and I are always talking about how fast time flies. I think the older one gets the faster it goes. Muzzie used to tell me that and I firmly believe her now.

I love November as theoretically it finally cools down after the very long and hot summer. This year has been particularly brutal. The windows are open and the mornings are dark and chilly. Now the afternoons are still warm so layers are required. By the time I walk out of my cold office, the leggings and cardigan are off and hair is up because it's warm.

B and I went up to Helen 2 weekends ago and it was beautiful! If you're in the Southeast, I recommend making a trip and staying in a cabin.

I need to get to work. Y'all have a great rest of your week!

Happy November!

*Images

28 September 2016

Chitlins Update


It has been a good while since I've done an update on the children, or chitlins as I call them. They are all doing well for the most part. I'll start with the oldest, Nicholas. He is still deployed (cannot share details) but is happy. This is his second deployment and for some strange reason he's happiest when deployed. He will be home early next year.
 

Michaela is doing great in L.A. She has lost 100 pounds since moving! She works out like crazy and eats a low carb diet, which is easier to do with all of the inexpensive fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables out there. She's regularly working as a make-up artist, including just finished a Netflix show.
 

Bryson is a senior in high school and is doing pretty well. He has had some recent girl drama but let's face it, that happens in high school. We are looking at tech schools for next year (coding) and he's working at a local fast food restaurant.

I'm blessed to be their mother.

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22 September 2016

Autumnal Equinox

Photo cred.
 
Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them —
The summer flowers depart —
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,
Except your musing heart.

How there you sat in summer-time,
May yet be in your mind;
And how you heard the green woods sing
Beneath the freshening wind.
Though the same wind now blows around,
You would its blast recall;
For every breath that stirs the trees,
Doth cause a leaf to fall.

Oh! like that wind, is all the mirth
That flesh and dust impart:
We cannot bear its visitings,
When change is on the heart.
Gay words and jests may make us smile,
When Sorrow is asleep;
But other things must make us smile,
When Sorrow bids us weep!

The dearest hands that clasp our hands, —
Their presence may be o’er;
The dearest voice that meets our ear,
That tone may come no more!
Youth fades; and then, the joys of youth,
Which once refresh’d our mind,
Shall come — as, on those sighing woods,
The chilling autumn wind.

Hear not the wind — view not the woods;
Look out o’er vale and hill —
In spring, the sky encircled them —
The sky is round them still.
Come autumn’s scathe — come winter’s cold —
Come change — and human fate!
Whatever prospect Heaven doth bound,
Can ne’er be desolate.
 
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Autumn

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